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Docteur Jekyll et les Femmes Details

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A bizarre Euro-kink variation on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic, this intriguing film from Polish director [[Performer~P82512~Walerian Borowczyk~walerianborowczyk]] takes place almost exclusively in the palatial home of Dr. Henry Jekyll ([[Performer~P38082~Udo Kier~udokier]]), where the good doctor is being feted prior to his engagement to the austere Miss Fanny Osborne ([[Performer~P149434~Marina Pierro~marinapierro]]). The guest list -- comprised of various dignitaries, officials and symbols of bourgeois respectability -- could easily have strolled in from a Fellini film, complete with a closetful of perverse habits and barely-repressed sexual urges. At the onset of the festivities, it is learned that a young girl has been murdered on the streets that night -- an event somehow linked to Jekyll's insistence that his estate be willed to the yet-unseen Mr. Hyde. It comes as no surprise that Jekyll's infamous potion transforms him into a crazed sexual predator with desires so aggressive that his victims cannot survive... but the real twist comes when young Fanny joins Jekyll in his bath while he is transforming into Hyde, and the formula's malevolent effects are spread to her as well. Before long, the entire affair devolves into an orgy of sexual sadism and bloody violence as the evil is spread throughout the house. Borowczyk has imbued this quirky exercise with a doomed, nightmarish quality, contrasting the opulence of the festivities with dimly-lit, smoky rooms where the lecherous Hyde stalks his victims. [[Performer~P44560~Patrick Magee~patrickmagee]] borrows a bit from his arch performance in Marat/Sade as the swaggering "General" who gets taken down a few notches at the end of a bullwhip. Released in the U.S. as Blood of Dr. Jekyll, then later on video as [[Feature~V154132~Bloodlust~bloodlust]]. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:June 17, 1981

Cast

Udo Kier
as Dr.Henry Jekyll
Marina Pierro
as Miss Fanny Osborne
Howard Vernon
as Dr.Lanyon
Clement Harari
as Reverend Donald Regan
Gerard Zalcberg
Giselle Preville
Rita Maiden
Patrick Magee
as General

Crew

Walerian Borowczyk
Director
Robert Kuperberg
Producer
Ralph Baum
Producer
Jean-Pierre Labrande
Producer
Walerian Borowczyk
Screenwriter
Noel Very
Cinematographer
Walerian Borowczyk
Production Designer
Piet Bolscher
Costume Designer
Roland Fruytier
First Assistant Director
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